I attended a fascinating session yesterday: Feet on the Ground, Shooting for the Moon, Design Thinking, Positive Deviance & Liberating Structures in Action by Keith McCandless, Mary Katica & Molly Angel.
I was impressed. Liberating Structures feels very powerful, inclusive and effective. They have documented impressive results. After being led through three of their exercises, I noticed that they felt lighter weight, more human and more authentic than many of the processes I have experienced. I could sense some of the power that the presenters talked about. Keith spoke of how quickly Liberating Structures can be taught and can spread in organizations. After a 3-day workshop (see schedule here) and 2 days of open-ended consulting (to contextualize and localize the practices), the practices persist without the need to continually engage consultants. Some of the people there with a lot of experience in Lean, talked about how the change from Liberating Structures is more effective and persistent than practices like Lean. Very interesting. I will be looking into this.
Thank you, Organization Systems Renewal program at Seattle University, for hosting workshops like this.